The 35th anniversary of Hippocrene Books was celebrated here on September 8, 2004 at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland. Jacek Galazka and Jerzy Blagowidow, Hippocrene's Founding Fathers, and the great literary accomplishments of their publishing house, were honored by a letter of congratulations and commendation from Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, as personally presented to Mr. Galazka by Ambassador Przemyslaw Grudzinski. Galazka then spoke to the large audience in the Grand Ballroom about his publishing company's history, it's many and diverse Polish interest offerings, and it's huge selection of international books featuring varied subject matter.
In relation to the two books being feted - Fighting Warsaw and Enigma, guest speaker Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski spoke about the valiant efforts and significant sacrifices made by the Poles during World War II (1939-45) to bring about the final allied victory against Nazi Germany. Sadly, he also told the audience that Poland's critical military contributions, unrelenting organized resistance to the Nazi occupiers, abject suffering and horrendous losses during this war period are still widely unknown or ignored in today's world. But his very poignant remarks served to lend great emphasis to the crucial work of Hippocrene Books in educating the public about these most serious matters and thereby contributing greatly to rectifying and correcting the historical injustices unfairly suffered by Poland to this day.
Jerzy Straszak, co-author of "Enigma", traveled from his home in Ontario, Canada with his family to attend the Hippocrene anniversary. He recounted his many WWII personal experiences beginning with his service in Poland's naval intelligence bureau. His many vignettes about the war and military intelligence matters held the audience in his thrall, and they applauded with great appreciation at the presentation's conclusion.
To learn more about Hippocrene Books and it's numerous and varied publications please visit it's web site at: www.hippocrenebooks.com.